Apple Pencil with USB-C: note-taking and sketching help at a lower price

Apple has introduced a new, cheaper stylus for its tablets. The Apple Pencil with USB-C port is said to impress with pixel-perfect precision and low latency. However, the manufacturer emphasizes that it should be particularly suitable for notes, sketches, annotations and diaries. Because it lacks pressure sensitivity and the double-tap feature, it will probably be less suitable for delicate drawings. The new Apple Pencil (USB-C) will be available from the beginning of November 2023 for a price of 95 euros.

The new Apple Pencil (USB-C) is not the next big thing, but it is a nice update for everyone for whom the Apple Pencil 2 is too expensive and the Apple Pencil 1 is too old.
The new Apple Pencil (USB-C) is not the next big thing, but it is a nice update for everyone for whom the Apple Pencil 2 is too expensive and the Apple Pencil 1 is too old.

Apple Pencil (USB-C) – the key points

While the Apple Pencil (1st generation) is still offered for 119 euros and the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) costs an impressive 149 euros, the new Apple Pencil (USB-C) is said to cost 95 euros (or 85 euros for the Education sector) may be the cheaper alternative. Here you are slowly approaching the area that has so far been covered by the Logitech Crayon. This costs with a USB-C port around 80 Euro; with Lightning cable around 55 Euro. The new Apple Pencil features a flat side that allows it to magnetically attach to compatible iPads.

"Apple Pencil has revolutionized note-taking, sketching and illustrating, opening up countless possibilities for productivity and creativitysaid Bob Borchers, vice president of worldwide product marketing at Apple. “Combined with the versatility of iPad, the new Apple Pencil opens up another great way to experience the magic of digital handwriting, annotation, document editing, and more.“ – That’s what it says in the press release, which leaves out the missing features for professional drawing and painting.

If you pull back the cap of the new Apple Pencil, the USB-C port for pairing with the iPad and charging is revealed.
If you pull back the cap of the new Apple Pencil, the USB-C port for pairing with the iPad and charging is revealed.

The new Apple Pencil (USB-C) is compatible with these iPad models

The newly introduced Apple Pencil with USB-C port is compatible with all iPads that also have a USB-C port. Although it does not have to be connected via a cable to use it, the same connection at least ensures that it is simple USB-C cable can be paired and charged. The compatible tablets are currently as follows:

  • 10th generation iPad
  • 4th and 5th generation iPad Air
  • 11″ iPad Pro 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation
  • 12,9″ iPad Pro 3st, 4nd, 5rd and 6th generation
  • 6th generation iPad mini
A big advantage of the new Apple Pencil (USB-C, 2023): It is compatible with a wide range of iPad models.
A big advantage of the new Apple Pencil (USB-C, 2023): It is compatible with a wide range of iPad models.

In comparison: Apple Pencil 1, Apple Pencil 2 and Apple Pencil USB-C

If you look at all of the functions and usage options offered, then the new Apple Pencil with USB-C falls between the first and second generations. It is also compatible with a wider range of iPads. Below you will find an overview of the most important features and their distribution among the individual Apple pens.

Apple Pencil (1st Gen, 2015) Apple Pencil (USB-C, 2023)  Apple Pencil (2st Gen, 2018)
Pixel-perfect precision ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Low latency ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Tilt sensitivity ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Pressure sensitivity ✔︎ ✔︎
Magnetic mount ✔︎ ✔︎
Wireless connection and charging ✔︎
“Hover” on the iPad Pro ✔︎ ✔︎
Double tap to change tools ✔︎
Free engraving ✔︎
Compatibility iPad (9th and 10th Gen) see list iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro
Price (Apple Store) 119 € 95 € 149 €
Price (Amazon) 104,99 € - 114,99 €

Conclusion on the new Apple Pencil with USB-C port

Apple isn't calling the new iPad stylus the "3rd generation". Generation” and presents more of an intermediate level in terms of functions. It's not the next big thing, but in some areas it's a useful update for everyone for whom the Apple Pencil 2 is too expensive. Above all, the greater compatibility with current devices is convincing compared to the Apple Pencil 1. The fact that there is no pressure sensitivity and some other features are left out benefits the price, but means that there is a greater confusion of pros and cons when buying. So you should know for which use cases you buy an Apple Pencil.

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